Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Tue 25.11.08, Afternoon

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Dalia F., Dvorka O. (reporting)
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

Translator:  Charles K.

2:15pm  Za'tara junction -
About 10 cars waiting from the south (from the north, many female settlers waiting for rides)

2:25pm  Huwwara -
About 30 people in the shed.  3 inspection lanes + the one for women and elderly men.  One detainee in the pen, he has no idea why.  We began to inquire, and in after a few minutes he was released.  Things are calm.

3:05pm  Beit Furik -
2-3 cars going though, no pedestrians.  Quieter and emptier than usual.

3:35pm  Huwwara -
At least 40 people waiting in the shed.  Many soldiers on site.  4-5 soldiers in each of the booths in the three lanes; maybe the shifts are changing?  In any case, it doesn't make the inspections go any faster...

One of the Palestinians leaving the checkpoint pointed to the shed and said: "You ought to stand over there."  We asked why, and he answered, "The soldiers are speaking badly..."

There's again one detainee in the pen.  When we asked, he said that when a soldier yelled at people waiting to move back, he answered, "There's no room," and then was put in the pen.

4:15  We started searching for the checkpoint commander to find out what's going on, and either no one knew where he was, or they didn't want to tell us.  After we kept nagging the (obviously inefficient) DCO representative, the commander, who apparently had been taking care of something at a nearby position, showed up.  We complained about the unnecessary detention of the Palestinian, and he said that when he left for the position he instructed the soldiers to detain anyone who's disruptive.  In any event, he immediately ordered the man to be released, but - to the end of the line.  Such good souls.

5:00pm Za'tara - the junction is empty.